Hi! My name is Alida, and I work in the International Space Station Payloads Office at the Johnson Space Center. My main task is ISS utilization strategic planning (i.e., what payloads do we want to bring to the Station & how do we want to operate them?), but I am also responsible for the development of most of the database tools used within the Payloads Office. Because MS Access is the tool provided by NASA, that's the tool I use. I generally end up working alone on most projects - it's nice to have others to help me this way!
thanks for the welcome. believe, me, I understand the "access is not a real database" crowd; on occasion, I'm a part of it! We use Access within NASA as the tool for small projects; I have developed other tools that require a lot more "power" using mysql, SQL Server, and Oracle. However, for most of what I do with the Payloads Office, Access is more than adequate.
Most of us will say that for the desktop, Access is fine.
The only time I have issues with it is when I've had to use it in a multi-user environment.
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